The dark Sweeney Todd will be performed at Pinjarra Civic Centre.

The dark Sweeney Todd will be performed at Pinjarra Civic Centre.

MURRAY Music and Drama Club presents its first major musical of the year – and possibly one of the darkest musicals ever written – Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

In 1979 it won the Tony award for Best Musical and has been thrilling audiences ever since.

The character of Sweeney Todd first appeared as a villain in one of the sensationalist magazines of the mid 1800s known as the ‘penny dreadfuls’. The tale captivated Londoners and the urban legend was first made into a film in 1936.

Since then, its fame has spread far and wide, helped by a movie in 2007, as well as the stage musical.

The plot is an unsettling tale of a Victorian barber (Gareth Jay) who returns to London after 15 years to wreak revenge on the corrupt Judge Turpin (Adam Salathial) who exiled him.

He comes up with a deadly plan of vengeance and his business associate Mrs Lovett (Sam Ferguson) gruesomely takes advantage of the situation.

Being short of meat for her pies, she bakes the bodies into her pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public.

From the chilling opening The Ballad of Sweeney Todd to the final curtain, the show will have the audience sitting on the edge of their seats.

The show goes on at Pinjarra Civic Centre May 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 (also matinee).

Tickets from Music Force Mandurah and Pinjarra Pharmacy.